Z is for Zebras

30 April 2017

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
R - Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

On our last day (!) we'll be focusing on ZEBRAs.


A - ZSL London Zoo
One of my favorite photos taken at the London Zoo in 2014.
Zebras (c) the Joyous Living
R -
What a creative title for an alphabet book.


T - Zootopia
The first time I've seen the Zebra being the bad guy. Boo...
Zootopia (c) Disney Studios
It's been a fun challenge this year and as always many thanks to all my lovely visitors and fellow bloggers/writers for visiting the site. Don't be strangers! xo

Y is for... Yesterday

29 April 2017


For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
R - Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...

Yesterday

A - Yolanda Adams
Last year, I loved Tyler Perry's The Passion that featured Gospel's one and only Yolanda Adams.


R - Quotes Starting with "Y"
Last year, Courtney (Maui Jungalow) shared with me the quote "Yesterday ended at midnight." It has stuck with me this long year.

T - YouTube Videos
Last year, I discovered Kathie Lee Gifford's "Without You" song about adoption that has stayed in my heart and touched the hearts of my adoptive mom and other adoptees/ers that I know.

National Day: Superheroes and Biological Clocks

28 April 2017

Lets face it... there are way too many "national holidays" such as "National Cubicle Day" or "National No Homework Day".

But let's have some fun and address today's national days, okay?

April 28:

National Superhero Day
That's an easy one...
Michael Keaton IS the ONLY Batman. Nuff said.

National Biological Clock Day
Thanks a lot to whomever was the dodo bird who created this day...

National Workers Memorial Day
I had a relative who died in the mines several generations ago ...


National Kiss Your Mate Day:
Hmmm and what about us who don't have a mate? Does kissing my dog count? :D

Happy April 28! <3

X is for... Children

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
R - Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...

X and Children

A - Xul Solar
Jefa by Xul Solar.
R - Xander's Panda Party
I love children's books and the illustrations by Matt Phelan in this one are delightful.


T - Spot Marks the X
When I was a kid, the 1986 movie, Spot Marks the X, was an all-time favorite. I don't think it's available on Amazon or Netflix but someone has uploaded the movie to YouTube.

W is for... Women

27 April 2017

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
R - Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...

Women.

A - 
I love paintings and photographs of women who are dancing. Such grace and beauty.

R -
This is one of my favorite Poirot novels because it is when Captain Hastings (whom I named my dog after) meets the love of his life, "Cinderella". And lets admit, who among us wasn't a bit sad he was taken off the market? Gotta love ourselves some Poirot with his eccentricities and Captain Hastings with his gentlemanly goodness.
 

T - 
The Women (1939) has to be one of my favorite ensemble pieces with such wittiness and an incredible ensemble of Hollywood's best.
OnThe Women (1939).

V is for... Vintage Posts.

26 April 2017

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
R - Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...

"Vintage" posts.

A - "Victims"
Last year, I posted about Jeffrey Baldwin and the beautiful bronze sculpture that Canadian Todd Bryce made in his honor.
R - guide to shopping VINTAGE
In April 2015, I wrote a book review about Alison Freer's How To Get Dressed and chapter 12 just happens to be about 'a guide to shopping Vintage'.


T - Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
In 2014, I visited Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens with my girlfriend N to see a summer concert featuring music by Handel, Rossini, Holst, etc. If you ever get a chance to go for a picnic and concert, do yourself a favor and go! :D


Fifty Shades: MAC Lipcolour

25 April 2017

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. (c) Fifty Shades Darker.
Be honest... Are you as in love with Dakota Johnson's gorgeous lippy colors from Fifty Shades Darker as I am? IMO she is STUNNING in that above photo and at the top of my 'most beautiful women list'. Salivate no longer... You can get your own 5 ml. tube of this deep true red color at your local MAC store.
Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour/Feels So Grand.
And for those of you who were as curious as me about the first movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, you can now watch the edited version on the USA Network (aka - no F words and no genital/nipple nudity but there is definitely one steamy scene when Christian 'fixes' Ana's situation. :D

x

U is for... Universal

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
- Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...


Universal works of art that resonate with many cultures.

A - MOSES, the prophet

In Islam:
Asiya finds Moses. 
In Russian Orthodoxy:
Moses and the Burning Bush.

In Western Christianity:
Moses and the Ten Commandments. Rembrandt.

R - The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky

T - Romeo Et Juliette: de la Haine à l'Amour


in French w/ English subtitles:

In Russian:

In Hungarian:

In English (the failed UK production):

Enjoy!

T is for... A Tale of Two Cities

24 April 2017

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
- Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...

TALE OF TWO CITIES, one of my all time favorite musicals/plays/movies/books :D

A... Storming of the Bastille by Jean-Pierre Houel (1789)

R... Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

T... My favorite Sydneys in no particular order!
Ronald Colman (film)

Charles Dance (radio)

James Barbour (theater)
(also be sure to check out my other James Barbour video highlight under "J is for...".

S is for... SISTER ACT!

22 April 2017

We interrupt our normal broadcast to present a rave review about Cabrillo Music Theatre's Sister Act the Musical!!!
I am still smiling from ear to ear thinking about the amazing experience I enjoyed last night at the production's opening night. The cast, led by Daebreon Poiema as Doloris Van Cartier, was spectacular! Not a single weak link... Since most of us have seen the beloved 1992 film starring Maggie Smith and Whoopi I will skip the description and move right on to all the great highlights of the show...

Photo by Ed Krieger.
Where to begin? How about the fabulous set design provided by The Music and Theatre Company? The set was for the most part empty of unnecesary props and backdrops that could be distracting to the action and singers on stage. Instead there were a few token pieces such as a table, desk and dining table and several banner/backdrops that represented everything from a bar to the convent.

Similarly, props must go to the costumes that were provided by Tuachan Center for the Arts, Utah. In particular, Curtis' henchmen (David Kirk Grant, John Paul Batista & Kenneth Mosley) made the most of their 70s inspired costumes. And their chemistry together was especially highlighted during their 2nd act number, "Lady in the Long Black Dress", that had the audience roaring with laughter.

Daebreon Poiema & Debbie Prutsman. Photo by Ed Krieger.
Speaking of chemistry, actors Daebreon Poiema and Debbie Prutsman were terrific as Doloris and Mother Superior during their comical interactions. And be assured our leading ladies were radiant and strong of voice. They captivated the audience every time they raised their voices! Specifically, "Raise Your Voice", "Here Within These Walls" and "Sister Act" had the audience putting their hands together until they were too tired to continue.

Other highlights in the cast were: Chelsea Morgan Stock as Mary Robert, Fracesca Barletta as Sister Patrick, Wilkie Ferguson III as Eddie (Doloris' love interest), Dedrik Bonner as Curtis, David Gilchrist as Monsignor O'Hara, and Karla J. Franko as Sister Lazarus.

Wilkie Ferguson III, Daebreon Poiema. Photo by Ed Krieger.
Honestly there was no weak link so it is hard to point out highlights without thinking of the cast as a whole. In fact I don't think the show would have been nearly as infectious and fabulous without the nun ensemble that included local favorites such as Natalia Vivino ("Yonah" in Cabrillo's Children of Edenand Lakeisha Renee Houston ("Felicia" in Cabrillo's Memphis).

When Poiema and the nuns were "getting the rafters ringing" during their rousing gospel numbers, the show truly came alive and the audience was cheering them along vocally and with what seemed like non-stop clapping. I was almost sad to be leaving the theater after the exhilarating closing number "Spread The Love Around".

Daebreon Poiema and Nuns. Photo by Ed Krieger.
Additional praise has to be laid at the feet of Director Misti B. Wills and Choreographer Michelle Elkin. The group gospel numbers, Ferguson's "I Could Be That Guy", and the henchmen's "Lady In the Long Black Dress" were fabulously arranged making full use of the stage and the Thousand Oaks' Civic Arts Plaza's acoustics. And the two chase scenes were two of the best scenes thanks to the great choreography and direction by Willis and Elkin.

So what are you waiting for? Sister Act is an A+ production and a great highlight of Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2016-2017 season! You will surely be searching for the London cast recording so you can keep singing along long after the show.
Yours truly with my friend during intermission.
If you would like to catch Sister Act at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, there are still 7 more performances: Now through 30 April 2017.

Tickets: $34-$79, Ticketmaster or Box Office
Location: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Thousand OaksCA 91362
Parking: $8 (cash only)
Appropriate Ages: All ages! (There are a few uses of colorful language and the violence that happens is mainly implied.)

R is for... Rebecca &tc.

21 April 2017

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
- Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...

A ... Ilya Repin (1844–1930)
"What Freedom!" 1903
R... Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
** one of my all time favorite books **
“Of course we have our moments of depression; but there are other moments too, when time, unmeasured by the clock, runs on into eternity and, catching his smile, I know we are together, we march in unison, no clash of thought or of opinion makes a barrier between us.”

T - Rebecca
Each has their flaws but these are my favorite Maxim de Winter actors in no particular order. :)
Laurence Olivier as Maxim.
Charles Dance as Maxim.
Alessio Boni as Maxim.

Q is for... Quotes

20 April 2017

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
- Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on... QUOTES


A - 
Autumn Landscape with Boats. Kandinsky.

There is no must in art because art is free.”  Wassily Kandinsky

R - 
William Wordsworth, by Benjamin Robert Haydon
"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." - William Wordsworth

T - 


"Well, for goodness sake, what's the matter with you people? Don't you know what beds are for? Or do you? Or is that the wrong thing to say?" - When Ladies Meet (1941)

P is for... My Birthday POST!

19 April 2017

Happy birthday to me... O yeah.

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
- Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...

A for Leonid Pasternak
I love the innocence his family scenes capture.

R for "To Mrs. M.B. On Her Birthday" by Alexander Pope
Oh be thou blest with all that Heav'n can send,Long Health, long Youth, long Pleasure, and a Friend:Not with those Toys the female world admire,Riches that vex, and Vanities that tire.With added years if Life bring nothing new,But, like a Sieve, let ev'ry blessing thro',Some joy still lost, as each vain year runs o'er,And all we gain, some sad Reflection more;Is that a Birth-Day? 'tis alas! too clear,'Tis but the funeral of the former year. Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content,And the gay Conscience of a life well spent,Calm ev'ry thought, inspirit ev'ry grace.Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face.Let day improve on day, and year on year,Without a Pain, a Trouble, or a Fear;Till Death unfelt that tender frame destroy,In some soft Dream, or Extasy of joy,Peaceful sleep out the Sabbath of the Tomb,And wake to Raptures in a Life to come. 
T is for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

O is for... Oliver

18 April 2017

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
- Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...

Oliver
Oliver is of course one of Charles Dickens' most cherished and loved characters in Oliver Twist and the title of the beloved Lionel Barry musical.

When buying a copy of the book, be sure to get an illustrated copy, preferably by George Cruikshank such as the Barnes & Nobles Classics series copy.
Fagin by George Cruikshank.
And for fans of the musical, check out I'D DO ANYTHING the BBC reality show where Andrew Lloyd Webber casts Nancy and Oliver for his 2009 London Revival. It helped launch the careers of Jodie Prenger (Oliver!), Jessie Buckley (Henry V), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Rachel Tucker (Wicked) and Niamh Perry (Love Never Dies).



N is for... Sergey Novikov

17 April 2017

Happy Easter Monday!

For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
- Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)

Today we're focusing on...

Sergey Novikov

a Russian photographer based in Moscow. Visit his website at: http://sergeynovikov.com.
from "Zato", (c) Novikov
from "Breathless", (c) Novikov
from "Infrastructure", (c) Novikov

 

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